Blades display team to appear at Norfolk air show

The last flying B17 bomber in Europe, Sally B has appeared at previous Seething air shows

The last flying B17 bomber in Europe, Sally B has appeared at previous Seething air shows - Credit: Archant

The clock is ticking towards the start of this year's Seething Charity Air Day, which will commemorate the airfield's 70th anniversary.

The show will be returning to the airfield on Sunday, September 8 to raise money for a number of different charities, including the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Among the acts performing will be the display team, The Blades, which comprises former Red Arrows pilots and is appearing for the first time.

Some of the country's most experienced display pilots, The Blades are experts in aerobatics and currently hold a world record for flying the most number of consecutive formation loops.

The team has flown in major events across the UK, Europe and the Middle East, including appearances at the Beckhams' World Cup Party and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

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The Blades will once again be under the leadership of Blade 1, Mark Cutmore, while the Blade 2 position will be shared by co-founder of the Blades Andy Offer OBE, Chris Carder and former team leader, Myles Garland.

This year, the Blades will be joined by a new member of the team, Ian Smith, while the team line-up is completed by Andy Evans, flying Blade 4 during the 15 minute display.

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In all, the aerobatic displays are set to last for more than two hours and there will also be a display of classic cars and static aircraft along with a large array of charity stalls and trade stands.

Add to this crafts and children's attractions, military vehicles and a flightline walk.

One of the organisers David Smith was optimistic the show would be a success, adding: 'Last year, we were pretty much at capacity and we are hoping for similar this year.

'The fact that we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the airfield being operated by the USAF is proving an extra attraction.'

The gates open at 10am with flying from 1.30pm. Entry is on the gate and the cost is £10 for adults, £5 for under-15s and £25 for a family ticket.

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